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Latest update: 2018.07.27

REGIONAL CONTACT POINT CONTINUES VISITING BENEFICIARIES OF THE LITHUANIA-POLAND CROSS-BORDER PROJECTS

Giżycko was another destination for the Olsztyn Regional Contact Point of the Interreg V-A Lithuania-Poland 2014-2020 Programme, visiting municipality – the beneficiary of the project called „Cultural and natural heritage preservation and adaptation in Trakai and Giżycko districts”. The meeting has been held on July 11th, 2018. After a year and a half from the start of project activities, we have decided to get to know how the realization of the project influenced Giżycko and citizens and what are the impressions of the beneficiary about the cooperation with Lithuanian partner. We are pleased to present the interview with project manager representing the Municipality of Giżycko. 

 

One of the main activities of the project titled „Cultural and natural heritage preservation and adaptation in Trakai and Giżycko districts”, besides the modernization of the amphitheater in Boyen Fortress in Giżycko and renovation of the Art School in Trakai, was organization of big, open events, as for example „Folk festival of song and dance” or „International music festival”, which were about to become a cycle events. Which of them you managed to organize by now? Did they meet with an interest of the audience? (representative of the RCP)

 

The main objective of the project is promotion of tourism and establishing close relations between Poland and Lithuania by increase of the attractiveness of Trakai and Giżycko districts. We did it both due to implementation of joint actions for the development of the crossborder tourism as well as adaptation of the cultural an natural heritage – the Boyen Fortress and the Art School in Trakai.

 

As a result of the project activities, amphitheater of the Boyen Fortress was renovated and the mobile scene with all the necessary equipment was purchased. All of the equipment is essential for the organization of the outdoor cultural events, as for example 4 UNITY & ART – 4 international events, which were held in Trakai,  Giżycko and Commune of Giżycko with the participation of the local communities.  

 

Within the 4 UNITY & ART events, there were organized: an international art workshop (with a final performance), which was held on September 17th, 2017, in Boyen Fortress in Giżycko; an international music festival, which was held between June 1st and 3rd, 2018, in Trakai; and an International Art Camp, also in Trakai.

I have to say that those project events met a huge interest of the participants, both during venues in Giżycko and in Trakai.

 

In your opinion the changes related to the local tourism are already noticeable after a year and a half of the project implementation? Do you think that objectives achieved within the project affected the growth of popularity of the Giżycki and Trakai districts among tourists?

 

Thanks to the project activities – the modernization of the amphitheater in Boyen Fortress and improvement of the quality of the offered cultural events, the growth of the number of tourists in our area is noticeable.

 

Does Lithuanian tourists also visit your municipality and district? In your opinion, did the project implementation contribute to the improvement of crossborder cooperation with Lithuanian partners?

 

Based on the analysis/statistics taken from the Centre of the Promotion and Touristic Information in Giżycko, every year the number of the Lithuanian tourists visiting our city increases significantly. Between years 2010-2015 the number of visitors amounted to 180-200 people during whole calendar year. At the moment – this number is between 320 and 340 people. 

 

Talking about the crossborder cooperation with Lithuanian partners, thanks to the support of European financing, we managed to implement a project which became a role model of good cooperation for us. This cooperation between all four partners brought us to deal with many organizational issues and crossing borders and barriers – as for example language barriers. Today, just before closure of the project implementation, it can be said that we positively passed our joint exam of cooperation. We proved that good cooperation is beyond boundaries. 

The achievements both for the Municipality of Giżycko and the rest of project partners consortium during the project implementation are innumerable (as for example increased attractiveness of the city and improvement of the quality of the organised cultural events). We hope that the implementation of the project has proved both to inhabitants and tourists visiting our city that we permanently try to improve and face their demands, as well as the efforts to develop our district are ongoing. 

 

What was the biggest challenge by now during the implementation of the project and how did you overcome it?

 

During the project implementation there were no significant difficulties or inconveniences. Each stage of project implementation was basically a challenge that we’ve successfully faced.

 

Do you plan to take part in the next calls of the Lithuania-Poland Program and what is the greatest benefit you can see in implementing such projects?

 

At the moment, we have signed another partnership agreement with 3 partners for the implementation of another project under the Interreg Polska-Lithuania 2014-2020 Programme. This time we plan to concentrate on developing the activity and creativity of our youngest citizens in  kindergartens of Giżycko and further strengthen cross-border cooperation in that social sector.

 

Thank you for the conversation!

 

 

 

 

 

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